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Peter Kummerfeldt: Straight talk on emergency shelters

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There may come a time when you have to spend a night out that you hadn’t planned on.  It can be caused by a  variety of reasons, but you are now faced with nine or ten hours of discomfort at best and, at worst, the loss of your life because of your lack of preparedness.

by Peter Kummerfeldt

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No one wants to spend a cold, wet, hungry, lonely night out away from family and friends – but it happens!   And it happens all too frequently.  It happens to both to the experienced and the novice – none are immune from the possibility of having to survive cold temperatures, high winds and precipitation sitting out under a tree somewhere

Troop 18 Scoutmater Phil Brummett made a great tree well shelter, which I was happy to inspect!

Troop 18 Assistant Scoutmaster Phil Brummett made a great tree well shelter, which I was happy to try out! Knowledge, and the right equipment, will turn your emergency night out into an inconvenience.

waiting for the sun to come up the next morning. 

It is more likely that the experienced person will be better equipped and ready for a night out.  It is also true that more experienced people, based on their know-how and past successes,  are prone to over-estimating their skills and abilities to spend a night out and tend to underestimate the impact of the environment and the weather on their ability to survive. 

On the other hand, novices, ignorant of the hazards they might face, venture of into the wilderness blissfully ignorant of the dangers.  And, when confronted with the setting sun and the realization of a long, cold night ahead, they are terrified by both real and imagined dangers.

What shall you do? To read the rest of the story, click on emergency shelters.


Peter Kummerfeldt has walked the talk in the wilderness survival field for decades.

Peter grew up in Kenya, East Africa and came to America in 1965 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the Air Force Survival Instructor Training School and has served as an instructor at the Basic Survival School, Spokane, Washington; the Arctic Survival School, Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Jungle Survival School, Republic of the Philippines.

Peter Kummerfeldt

For twelve years, Peter was the Survival Training Director at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 after 30 years of service.

In 1992, concerned with the number of accidents that were occurring in the outdoors annually and the number of tourists traveling overseas who were involved in unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening incidents Peter created

He is the author of “Surviving a Wilderness Emergency” and has addressed over 20,000 people as the featured speaker at numerous seminars, conferences and national conventions.

Check out Peter’s blog at: OutdoorSafe.blogspot.com


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